Raymond Weil has worked its way into the enviable position of being trusted to make tribute watches for some of the music industry’s most iconic acts.
Families responsible for guarding the legacies of The Beatles and Buddy Holly were first to work with the watchmaker, and this year David Bowie joined the exclusive circle.
The watches are no cheesy tribute acts. They are the result of impeccable research into the artists they honour, painstaking work with their guardians and careful calibration of the views of fans.
The Freelancer Automatic David Bowie is another perfect example, created to celebrate what would have been the singer’s 70th birthday in 2017.
The watch has a portrait of David Bowie on the case back recreated from a picture taken in 1974 by legendary photographer Terry O’Neill.
The 42 mm diameter steel case has a dial resembling a vinyl record with a red lightning bolt at 12 o’clock taken from the cover image of Bowie on the Aladdin Sane album in 1973.
The limited edition pieces sell for £1,395.